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Back in the Day Lyrics

from Back to Basics

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"Back in the Day" is track #14 on the album Back to Basics. It was written by Smith, Rashad/wright, Erica/poyser, James Jason.
"Back in the Day" is track #14 on the album Back to Basics. It was written by Smith, Rashad/wright, Erica/poyser, James Jason.

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What we're gonna do right here is go back
Way back, back into time
Yeah, yeah, yeah

Donny Hathaway, Lena Horne
Miss Aretha, The Real Thing
James Brown, Billie Holiday
Stevie Wonder, Gladys Knight
Louis Armstrong, Minnie Riperton
Otis Redding, Etta James

Back in the day they used to say
Play that song, get it going and the band played
And still today you hear us say
Play that song all night long, Mr. DJ

Though times have changed it's still the same
We all need a minute to get away
So let it go and feel the flow
If you've got soul let the world know

We're gonna set the mood
Gonna go back to an old school groove
Gonna rewind to another time
When the originators, innovators were alive, yeah

So break out the Marvin Gaye and Etta James
Your Lady Day and Coltrane
Turn up your 45's, bring back to life
The sound and vibe of yesterday

Open your mind, enjoy the ride
Get out tonight and grab that Soul Train

Back in the day, back in the day
Back in the day, back in the day
Back in the day, back in the day
Back in the day, back in the day

Y'all remember back in the day, you dig?
Ray Charles, Nat King Cole, Miles Davis, Ella Fitzgerald

Now 'Chain of Fools' and 'Respect'
Was the anthem of a woman Aretha said
'What's Going On', 'Let's Get It On'
Such classic songs, don't forget them

Though times have changed
They still remain my inspiration every day
So give it up for the ones
Who came before, opened up that door

We're gonna set the mood
Gonna go back to an old school groove
Gonna rewind to another time
When the originators, innovators were alive, yeah

So break out the Marvin Gaye and Etta James
Your Lady Day and Coltrane
Turn up your 45's, bring back to life
The sound and vibe of yesterday

Open your mind, enjoy the ride
Get out tonight and grab that Soul Train

Back in the day, back in the day
Back in the day, back in the day
Back in the day, back in the day
Back in the day, back in the day

So get up, re-live it, gotta let yourself flow
Give up your praise, come celebrate
Just get up, get on it, get yourself on the floor
Don't back away, come celebrate

So break out the Marvin Gaye and Etta James
Your Lady Day and Coltrane
Turn up your 45's, bring back to life
The sound and vibe of yesterday

Open your mind, enjoy the ride
Get out tonight and grab that Soul Train

Back in the day, back in the day
Back in the day, back in the day
Back in the day, back in the day
Back in the day, back in the day

I said, oh, baby, I said, I'll do it
Oh baby, woah, yeah, yeah
Woah, woah woah, yeah, yeah
Back in the day

Songwriters
SMITH, RASHAD/WRIGHT, ERICA/POYSER, JAMES JASON

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